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About a year ago, Doctor Z, the Zombieville denizen who diagnoses Isabel with spondis and tells her about the condition and the community of people who have it, started off as a Hasbro AA helo Jane with a very purple faceup.


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Making wigs out of poodle shag faux fur requires more patience than making fur wigs out of regular faux fur. I finally achieved acceptable results for Chaz [top] and Doctor Z [bottom].

To work with the poodle shag, I marked the pattern with lightly sketched pen, which did not bleed through the backing as much as my usual marker, a Sharpie permanent. I also cut large to compensate for the poodle shag backing's lack of stretch. I also glued in small pieces to the finished wigs to fill in any bare areas, which appear more readily with poodle shag, as it is sparser than straight fur fibers. Finally, in Chaz' case, I quickly whipped a light application of diluted Mod Podge through her hair so that it kept its loft and kink, but maintained more of a definite shape. I left Doctor Z's hair loose, as I'm going for an Einsteinian air with her.

I'm very pleased with the poodle shag wigs I've made. The kinky fibers work well for in-scale, small, tight curls. I accomplished what I wanted to do -- make wild hair for Doctor Z -- and now I have little incentive to work with the remaining scraps, especially since they're so difficult.

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Her shiny purple face made her really difficult to photograph, so I wiped it this weekend and redid her. The darkness of her complexion, again, makes it hard for me to photograph her, but some highlighting helps pick out her features.

She also got new hair, the volume of which I reduced by flattening it with some Mod Podge. I also gave her a different top so she's showing a little more skin.


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The aforementioned colored pencil faceup stated smudging off on my fingers, so I recreated it with a base of purplish blue paint topped with blue and black for shadows and wrinkles. I made her wig out of a white mohair one that I made years ago, just trimmed down. I then tried to make her hair behave by mixing some diluted glue into it.
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Zenobia Greene, MD, PhD, known to almost everyone as Doctor Z, is a Zombieville denizen. She gives Isabel all the gory details about spondis after she has been diagnosed.

Doctor Z has gone through several possible permutations as I've tried to decide what doll to use for her. Most recently, she was going to be a Wanted Action Figure Judi Dench head, but I didn't want to spend more money on a head and then sit around waiting for it when I had perfectly good dolls already to be recycled!

Anyway, since I knew that Doctor Z was a woman of color, I decided to use my Hasbro African American GI Jane as the base. Previously used as LHFer Materyllis, this doll was barely customized, with the exception of some shading around her eyes and mouth to give her more realism and expressiveness.

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Cute, huh? I've always liked the GI Jane sculpts [except for that one with the weird, wavy, shoulder-length flip and the open mouth]. They look plain and average, but in a down-to-earth, appealing way: the sort of people you can easily imagine seeing on the street.

But I didn't want cute, plain or appealing for Doctor Z; I wanted to portray a weathered, haggard woman who looked much older than her 64 years. And she had to look unwell, the way that most PWS do when they have lived with the condition for a long time. So I erased her eyebrows, whipped out my Prismacolors [PC935 black and PC Beats Me, But It's Some Cool Bluish Purple] and began to scribble.

Several hours later, this resulted:

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Well, she's certainly not cute anymore! Instead she looks old, saggy and purple. Success!!

I'm now left with the challenge of matching any other exposed skin to her head. I might try covering her hands and  her neck area with a few coats of matte varnish, then scribbling on it in a similar manner. Everything else will hide under her clothes.

I also want to give her fiber hair, but the jury is out on whether it should be white mohair, white faux fur or short dreads made from my chunky black yarn.

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I have a crush on Judi Dench, and Wanted Action Figure's 1:6 scale resin version of her as M from the James Bond re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reboot captures the seriousness and strength that I love.

Surely Zombieville can make room for a kick-ass old woman? Now that I think about it, maybe this sculpt should serve for Dr. Z. Judi Dench is almost 80, and Dr. Z. is in her 50s, but spondis really wears down a person's body, besides making it fall apart. Therefore PWS look more and more haggard as they age. That sculpt would make a wonderful Dr. Z.!

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